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REVIEW: The Pig In The Wall, Southampton

WHAT? Beloved of Southern countryphiles and city folk looking to escape it all, Pig hotels promise rustic dining experiences and boutique interior design amid gloriously bucolic landscapes. The Southampton branch is a little different to its pastoral siblings, offering an historial (and quietly hip) place to stay by the waterside.

The Pig In The Wall

WHERE? Moments from the excellent Dancing Man brewery (in which this reviewer spent hours sampling custom ales and mountains of meaty dishes), The Pig In The Wall is literally ensconced within Southampton’s medieval walls, a few minutes’ walk from the main train station and Westquay shopping centre.

WHY GO? If you’re a city type hankering for a taste of rusticity but likely to miss the bright lights, The Pig In The Wall is a delightful go-between.

You can sample fresh deli produce straight from the farmhouse at a counter groaning with treats (think hot sausages rolls, pork pies, quiches and tarts), or take advantage of the hotel’s taxi service to its sister restaurant The Pig in the New Forest to get the full dining experience.

The Pig In The Wall Southampton

If you’d prefer to leave your wellies at home entirely, try a night here, pigging out on fish pie in the downstairs eatery or wandering to nearby pubs and restaurants, before collapsing in front of your flat-screen TV on pillowy soft, crisp white linens.

The Pig In The Wall

Buffet breakfasts are a relaxing, DIY affair, with newspapers spread across wooden tables and the counter heaving with goods to take as you please. We loved the boil-your-own eggs (all produce is sourced from within a 20-mile radius), organic jams and compotes, fresh fruit, just-baked breads and pastries, cereals and juice.

Stand-out features include a gloriously unrefined stone wall leading through to the bathroom, which is tiled with every colour of the rainbow, and a huge power shower.

HOW MUCH? Rooms are available in ‘Snug’, ‘Comfy’ or ‘Spacious’ denigrations (the latter with opulent, deep baths and his ‘n’ hers sinks), all with TVs, beautiful designs, and (crucially) a minibar stocked with Pig wine. A stunning ‘Spacious’ double on a Friday night will set you back £190.

DETAILS: Thepighotel.com/in-the-wall / Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire, UK / Tel: 0238 063 6900 / Email: reservations@thepighotel.com

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